Content : Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future

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Hailed by Bruce Sterling as "a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek," the Internet's favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information--even if it's just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3--he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy , and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author's books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work.
Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 202 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Tachyon Publications
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1892391813
  • 9781892391810
  • 329,446

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"Essential reading for any writer who wants to have any chance of understanding what's going on - and who perhaps wants tohelp shape the future." -- Writer's News January 2009 "Doctorow here proves he's smart, funny, and good at accessibly boiling down issues he's passionate about ... a pleasure to read, not to mention thought-provoking." -- Booklist "Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into the caverns and underground rivers of pop culture." -- Neil Gaiman, author, American Gods "We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow this guy. He's got a lot to tell us." --Bruce Sterling, author, Zeitgeist "Cory Doctorow is the apotheosis of what we talk about when we talk about the Web." --SF Site "If all those Generation Z and proto-Singularity kids reading Doctorow's Little Brother also find their way to Content , this book may well become a classic." "The most articulate and accessible writer engaged in these topics." --Time Out Chicago "A nice collection of essays." --TeleReads "More than just insightful, brilliant, and to the point--it's also funny and fun to read." --Electronic Frontier Foundation
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About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science-fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist whom Entertainment Weekly called "the William Gibson of his generation." He is the author of the best-sellers Little Brother, Makers, Pirate Cinema, and Homeland and the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing. Doctorow is a contributor to the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, Locus, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He was the director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy standards, and treaties.
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